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Nordic Touring Gear

The best nordic touring gear, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on June 16, 2021. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Nordic Touring Gear Reviews

rated 2 of 5 stars
Fischer BCX 6

I used these one season and noticed the stitching was coming apart. Contacted the place I bought them at, sent a picture along. They said they would not warranty, because of wear marks near stitching that was coming part. So disappointed. What junk! A little wear should Not make a difference. I would go with another company. I would not endorse Fischer products if they are not going to warranty their products! Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Madshus Eon

Good, but not great ski for nordic touring. I have skied the Eon for four years mostly in northern Norway/Sweden. It is reasonably efficient under most conditions but not a great climber on any snow due to the shallow scales (as compared to Fischer crowns for example).  Perhaps they used flatter scales to improve downhill performance, but this ski is not downhill oriented and would actually work better all around with a thinner tip of perhaps 78 or 79 mm. Works well in deep, new snow. Full review

rated 1 of 5 stars
Alpina BC 1550

The worst! I tried two sizes to see if it was a size issue that was causing the break point to push down on the base of my big toenails causing much pain. The one size was just as bad as the other. I was able to return one pair, the other I had to sell on GearTrade. Don't waste your time with these; go for the Alpine Alaska. That one is worth the premium price tag and is what I'm currently using.   Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Alpina BC 1550

Best classic boots I have used. Comfortable, good support, right flex, warm, easy to put on and off with some thoughtful details. Only issue is that the surface material on softer parts of older version delaminated and flakes. The cloth version has not. In addition to summary, the lacing is outstanding.  Easy and quick to use and holds well. The strap provides additional support and ensures laces do not come loose. Best fit I have experienced. I have medium to wide foot, normal arch, slightly narrow… Full review

rated 1 of 5 stars
Fischer BCX 6

If you want a 200€ boot that lasts a good half a season. Used a total of 30 days before having to retire the boots. Within the first day the first seams of the boot started to unravel. The plastic exoskeleton wears out the boot material on the heel (this is only aesthetic). Above the toes on the top of the boot the seam between the hard plastic protective toecap/sidewall and the soft top material unraveled and the hard plastic also teared due to the boot flexing. This lets snow into the boot (first… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Crispi Svartisen GTX BC

A solidly built, high-end NNN-BC boot that delivers on both touring and turning performance. The 2-buckle, hinged plastic ankle cuff boosts downhill control. A good choice for messing about in the Vermont woods or Norwegian style hut-to-hut touring with summits on the side. Back in the '90s, as plastic boots were rising to their current dominance in the backcountry ski world, I was a regular on rec.skiing.backountry, an online bulletin board for back country skiers. I was then and remain a proponent… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Asnes Kongsvold Hunter

A light, wide touring ski with deep sidecut but lacking steel edges that delivers a balanced blend of touring and turning performance. Intended for hunters and dog owners that want to avoid injuring their dogs, it also works well for backcountry skiers that stick to soft snow conditions. Compatible with lightweight short skins. Åsnes Kongsvold Jakt Old Ralphie, our German Shepherd-Border Collie mix, was my best bud on many a mountain hike, but I often had to leave him behind on ski mountaineering… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Alpina Discovery 80

Lightweight and responsive. Enough flex to make for acceptable kick n’ glide, stiff enough to minimize foundering in powder. These are currently my go-to ski for solo outings. They provide a quick escape down local forestry management roads, meadows, snow-covered riverbeds, exploring rolling terrain, and gliding down gentle slopes. I’ve set them up with a Telebry release plate, Voile 3-pin bindings, and cables from Rottefella Chili telemark bindings (love that heel lever) for the descents. Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Altai Skis Hok

These are a lightweight, maneuverable way to get off the beaten track and have snowfun. If you can walk, you can Hok :) I’ve had three seasons of Hok experience now, two with the Universal Binding, one with the three-pin binding. I find the Hoks to be superb for exploring. My wife and I enjoy wandering up frozen stream and river beds. The Hok has enough traction to climb up and enough glide to slide down. They offer a maneuverability in tight terrain my cross-country skis struggle in, a bit more… Full review